Electric vehicle (EV) charging firm Trojan Energy has raised £2.2 million in late seed round investment. The round – which was led by Scottish angel investor Equity Gap and includes investment from Scottish Enterprise, SIS Ventures and Aberdeen-based angel investor Alba Equity – will help the company rollout its flat-and-flush on-street EV charging hubs.
Current 18th Aug 2021 read more »
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Never mind going electric, where will we park? Last year, the government announced a £2.8bn package to encourage drivers to switch to greener vehicles. This included a £1.3bn investment in charging infrastructure as well as discounts of up to £2,500 on low emission vehicles costing under £30,000. Yet the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) warns that, rather than improving air quality by lowering exhaust emissions, these incentives risk making highways far busier and even slower – as people buy so-called “zero-emission, guilt-free” vehicles. While exhaust emissions might fall, the so-called “embedded emissions” needed to build, charge and maintain this army of cars – will increase with growing car ownership. Congestion and traffic jams come down to one simple fact – cars are space-inefficient. They take up seven times the space of a bike but usually carry only up to five people. Often this number is much lower – and that’s only when they’re moving. For the last 20 years the proportion of owners parking cars in the street has remained at around 25% – that’s some eight million cars. Often, they can be found straddling the pavement so as not to take up an entire lane. But even this is becoming more difficult, as the average car is 28% bigger than it was in 1965. Lucy Marstrand-Taussig is a transport planner who has advised the government on walking and cycling. She argues that the scale of spending on roads does not make sense: “We know new roads induce congestion and warm the planet, creating more problems.” Electric vehicles should be secondary, she says, and the government should be investing far more in space-efficient transport modes – public transport, walking and cycling. She points out that 58% of UK car trips are less than five miles so there is huge potential for reducing motor traffic.
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Long-range electric cars, ultra-fast charging batteries and hydrogen-powered truck engines are among several green vehicle technology innovations which have secured a share of £91.7m government announced yesterday. Funnelled through the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s (APC) latest research and development competition, the funding has been handed out to four projects in England designed to make electric vehicles more affordable, efficient and convenient for drivers, according to the government.
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Royal Mail is fitting new tyres to its electric vans to cut down on harmful air pollutants that stem from the wear and tear of rubber. The postal service will fit 15 vans in west London with the tyres in a trial being conducted with Transport for London. They could then be rolled out more widely across its fleet.
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The leading names in Britain’s development of electric car batteries, including Oxford University and Johnson Matthey, have formed a company to take the next generation of automotive energy storage out of the laboratory to produce power packs on an industrial scale. The development will result in fully charged electric vehicles with travel ranges to match those of combustion engines running on petrol or diesel. The nirvana of the electric vehicle battery is the solid-state battery, which is expected to overtake current lithium-ion batteries this decade. Such batteries could change the affordability of electric cars, which cost at least half as much again as petrol or diesel vehicles. In addition, they can be used on buses and lorries as ministers grapple with bringing to net zero the most polluting and carbon-emitting segments of the automotive industry.
Times 19th Aug 2021 read more »